Turkey does not approach Africa as imperialist powers do, the country’s Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Thursday. 

“We have never approached Africa like imperialists do for the purposes of gold, diamond and oil,” Sentop told the 42nd African Parliamentary Union Conference in Djibouti.

During history, Turkey and Turkish nations have never exploited the labor or natural sources of any nation, Sentop said.

“On the contrary, we have developed, revived and built wherever we have been to,” he said.

Turkey raised the number of Turkish embassies in the African continent from 12 to 42 in the last 15 years.

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